Sex & Gender

Sex & Gender

Identifying Positive Employers

Internships & Work Experience

» Women's Engineering Society
A charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership to support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.

» Winning Women
An introductory program for undergraduate women, the Winning Women program provides an entry into financial services and a meaningful overview of the many opportunities for leadership at the firm.

» FreshLook
FreshLook is an investment banking insight event for undergraduate women of all degree disciplines.

Online Resources

The following websites have information and advice on a variety of topics:

» Business in the Community
» Fawcett Society
» PwC Women in Work Index
» GOV.UK pay gap data

Gender and positive action recruitment initiatives

Many employers take part in positive action recruitment initiatives in order to address gender-related underrepresentation in their industries (see below for more on positive action). TARGETjobs runs a number of these events on behalf of employers, including:

See also:

Your Rights

The Equality Act 2010 makes unlawful any direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of a person’s sex: male or female.

Sex discrimination against men is just as unlawful as sex discrimination against women. It is also unlawful for a woman to discriminate against another woman because of her sex, and for a man to discriminate against another man because of his sex.

The act allows for certain cases where sex is an occupational requirement and can be stipulated in a job specification. Note that within the act, sex does not refer to issues of gender reassignment or sexual orientation, which are dealt with separately.

It is illegal for employers to pay men and women differently for work that is the same or broadly similar, work valued as equivalent by the employer’s job evaluation or work found to be of equal value with regards to effort, skill or decision making.

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 require public, private and charity/voluntary organisations with 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gaps:

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